Jim Pearson On The Wood Fest & Retirement

(06/07/2005)

Dear Editor,

Thanks for the coverage of the Wood Festival. What we have seen so far has been great. I look forward to the parade pics and all the rest.

I also wanted to share with you that after 35 years in full-time ministry I announced to my congregation this morning that I will retire at the end of June, with July 3rd being my last Sunday in the pulpit of the First Baptist Church of Ansonia, CT.

I still love to preach and teach and I am sure that I will do some interim ministry but I will not accept a call to full time ministry. Seven of my greatest years were those that I spent in the First Baptist Church of Grantsville.

I was in Calhoun when the old hospital closed and I was there when Minnie Hamilton opened.

I was so fortunate that it was there in February of 1997 when I had my heart attack. They packaged me and shipped me off to Charleston and I did fine then and am still going strong.

There are so many great memories I could not begin to list them all. I love reading your paper and I still email some folks from time to time and still beat Shirley Fitzwater on the golf course.

I bought a home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. three years ago and we have been getting it ready to live in. It is ready and so are we.

We will be moving just after July 4th. All Calhouners who vacation in Myrtle are welcome to give us a call. We will be more than happy to greet and meet.

Thanks

Jim Pearson